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The Anti-Gas Diet consists of medical dietary recommendations that can help prevent excessive gas, belching, flatulence, and/or abdominal bloating related to gas. These symptoms are often the result of swallowing too much air, eating too fast, eating certain foods, and/or the production of gas in the intestinal tract as food is digested by normal bacteria. Prevention of gas may include lifestyle changes that minimize the amount of air that is swallowed. These include trying not to swallow frequently, not smoking, not using straws when drinking, eating slowly and not gulping food. Dietary recommendations may include not chewing gum or eating hard candies or drinking carbonated beverages. Different people react differently to various foods. What gives on person excessive gas, may not bother another person at all. However, there are some foods that commonly produce gas as they are digested. These include beans and legumes, cabbage, broccoli, sauerkraut, prunes, raisins, foods containing wheat, rich foods made with cream, and fatty or fried foods, among other foods. Your health care provider may recommend eliminating high-risk foods from the diet temporarily, then reintroducing them back, one at a time, to find which food causes excessive gas.
Although the passing of gas may be embarrassing, it is generally not considered a serious condition. Abdominal bloating, however, may be caused by a variety of conditions that may be serious, so if you have excessive gas and bloating, it is important to consult with your health care provider and receive and full evaluation and diagnosis. Any diet may have the potential to be harmful to some people, so consultation with a health care provider before starting any diet plan is recommended.
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